Our goal is to prepare our students for intellectually active participation in the global society and to remain at the forefront of independent schools nationally with our coursework in modern world history, United States history, U.S. government, and economics. History is the central focus of our social studies program because we believe that creating an understanding of the past provides students with the perspective to make intelligent decisions in the present and the future. Seniors may elect to take courses on economics, 20th century U.S. history, the Middle East, and East Asia, among other topics. We offer college-level Advanced Placement courses in U.S. history, European history, U.S. government, and economics.
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- U.S. Government/Economics
- Modern World History
- U.S. History 3
- Honors U.S. History
- History of East Asia
- History of the Middle East
- U.S. & World Affairs: The 1950s and 1960s
- U.S. Political Economy & its Critical Choices 1
- U.S. Political Economy & its Critical Choices 2
- Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Civil Liberties
- Topics in Multicultural, Ethnic & Diversity Studies
- Military History from the Ancient World to Modern America
- A.P. U.S. History
- A.P. European History
- A.P. U.S. Government & Politics
- A.P. Microeconomics
This course covers the growth of the United States from colonial times to the modern world. Topics include the American Revolution, the political and economic maturing of the country, the American Civil War, the growth of national government power, social movements, and U.S. involvement in 20th century international affairs such as World War I and World War II.
This senior elective analyzes major economic problems currently facing the U.S. and the world, with reading, analysis, and discussion about economic growth, the rise of China and India as economic contenders, U.S. fiscal and monetary policy, financial markets, foreign exchange, international trade, and other topics.
This introductory survey course examines America's diverse cultural heritage through the voices and visions of different racial, religious, and ethnic groups including Native-, African-, Jewish-, Muslim-, Irish-, Italian-, Asian-, and Latino-Americans. The course also examines the roles of women and people who are differently abled as well as those with different sexual orientations. Themes include history, art, literature, sociology, psychology, music, pop culture, and the media.
This survey course covers military history over the past 5,000 years, addressing the origins of war, ancient warfare, warfare in the Middle Ages, modern war, and the evolution of tactics, strategy, and weapons. Conflicts studied include the Greco-Persian wars, the Norman invasion of England, the American Civil War, and World Wars I and II.
This year-long Advanced Placement course focuses on the ideas of political philosophers, public voting behavior and national elections, political activities of Congress and the President, and controversial Supreme Court decisions. In the spring, students analyze important political concerns facing the U.S., and students take the AP exam for college credit in May.